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When To Consider Cosmetic Bonding

When it comes to achieving a pleasant smile — cosmetic bonding can be a game-changer.

But how do you know if this treatment is suitable for you? 

Cosmetic bonding is a versatile and minimally invasive procedure that can correct a range of dental imperfections, from chipped or cracked teeth to gaps and discoloration. If you find yourself feeling self-conscious about your smile, it may be time to explore the benefits of cosmetic bonding. 

In this article, we will discuss when it's time to consider cosmetic bonding and how it can transform your smile. 

Join us as we dive into the world of cosmetic dentistry and learn the ins and outs of bonding.

Cosmetic Bonding Overview

Cosmetic bonding, also known as composite bonding, is the process of applying a composite filling resin either over the entire tooth or as a replacement to part of the tooth.

Bonding is an affordable alternative to veneers and may be chosen by those with minor cosmetic problems with their teeth.

Choosing Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding is a versatile treatment known to fix many concerns.

Patients choose bonding for a variety of reasons:

  • Gaps between teeth

  • Uneven or crooked teeth

  • Cracked or chipped teeth

  • Discoloration

  • Decaying teeth

Overall, opting for bonding is a personal choice and depends on factors such as expense, tooth concerns, and overall oral health. A good cosmetic dentist can help you decide if bonding is the best choice for your needs.

Cosmetic Bonding Process

Cosmetic bonding is a quick and easy procedure that is typically done in one appointment.


There is no preparation needed on the patient’s end other than arriving at the appointment with clean teeth.

Your dentist will select a color that matches your teeth and then prepare the resin. Local anesthesia is not typically needed unless drilling or smoothing of the tooth is located near a nerve.


First, your dentist with rough up the surface of the tooth to ensure the resin effectively sticks.

Next. the resin is applied and molded to fit the outline of the tooth. After it is smoothed down, a special lighting tool is used to solidify and cure the resin.

Your dentist will then apply the finishing touches by smoothing and shaping the resin to ensure it is similar to the tooth’s natural shape.

Before you leave, your dentist will check to see that your bite is comfortable and everything feels in place.


Tooth sensitivity is common following the procedure and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medicine. You may choose to avoid extremely hot and cold foods for the first few days.

As always, defer to your doctor’s full aftercare instructions.

Paula S. Gould DDS 

Dr. Paula S. Gould is a cosmetic dentist located in the Bergen County, NJ area.

She specializes in composite bonding, tooth restoration, and transformative smiles.

She will work with you to decide if bonding is the right treatment for you or recommend any of the other cosmetic options offered.

Book your appointment at Paula Gould DDS today!

(201) 675-0340

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